The operator of a cruise ship that was riddled with cases of COVID-19 and gastroenteritis has declared the outbreak over.
The Grand Princess docked in Adelaide on Monday morning following a 14-day trip from Melbourne to Queensland and back.
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Operator Princess Cruises said a number of passengers had symptoms of respiratory illness on the Queensland journey. The ship was disinfected in Melbourne before a second round trip from Melbourne to Adelaide.
“There is no current ‘dual outbreak’ of illness on the ship, as is being reported,” Princess Cruises said in a statement.
There were about eight cases of COVID-19 and five cases of gastro when the Grand Princess arrived in Adelaide. Credit: 7NEWS
“While most guests were unaffected by illness on that (Queensland) voyage, we proactively launched a comprehensive disinfection program, developed in coordination with international health authorities, to prevent further spread.”
It is unclear how many people were affected by the double outbreak between Melbourne and Queensland, but the ship’s operator said the number of cases was less than 10.
SA Health said there were five gastro cases and eight suspected COVID-19 cases when the ship arrived in South Australia.
COVID cases surge
SA Health authorities are watching COVID-19 numbers closely, as cases have jumped 150 per cent in two weeks.
“We have been in contact with the ship’s doctor this morning,” an SA Health spokesperson said. “SA Health has been informed that the outbreaks have been declared over and the few remaining cases are consistent with numbers you would expect on any cruise.”
Passengers disembark the Grand Princess in Adelaide on Monday. Credit: 7NEWS
SA Health reported 2,493 new cases of COVID-19 last Friday – up from 1,700 cases the previous week.
Princess Cruises said the ship would undergo another clean before returning to Melbourne on Wednesday.